New resources to support Victorian Curriculum F–10 Languages

 

Currently over 400,000 Victorian students are enrolled in additional language learning programs, using the Victorian Curriculum. Nearly 90% of these students study one of eight languages, with the remaining students choosing between 37 other languages the Victorian Curriculum supports. Such a profusion of language programs places Victoria in both a unique and challenging position in terms of developing support materials for teachers.

To meet some of these challenges, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) is excited to announce the release of a range of assessments, beginning in mid-March 2017, to support teachers of Languages implement the new Victorian Curriculum F–10.

Working with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), the VCAA will provide teachers with a suite of quality languages assessments. Teachers will be able to access online assessments, known as Languages Proficiency Assessments (LPA), which test students' additional language reading and listening skills, providing teachers with diagnostic information that they can use to target individual students' areas of need.

The LPA will offer tests for the beginner, intermediate and advanced learners in eight languages. These levels correspond to nominal hours of learning at 100 hours, 200 hours and 300 hours, and will be aligned to the Victorian Curriculum F–10.

The LPA will be released in three stages across 2017, and will be offered in Chinese (Second Language and Background Language), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek and Spanish.

All schools, including community language schools, will be able to access the LPA free of charge.

To support the LPA release, the VCAA, in conjunction with ACER, will be running a number of online professional development sessions. These sessions will step teachers through how to use the LPA, as well as address the broader contextual question of effective assessment practices in the Victorian Curriculum F–10 Languages.

In addition, as part of its ongoing test development program, ACER is seeking schools willing to trial some new LPA materials. The trialling for these is scheduled to take place between Tuesday 14 March and Friday 31 March 2017, with expressions of interest due by Tuesday 7 March. For more information, please contact ACER: vcaalpa@acer.edu.au or (03) 9277 5324.